Probably the biggest highlight from the 2016 CES nerd circus was the EHang 184 human-size drone, the world’s first electric autonomous aerial vehicle. The 8-rotor drone can carry 1 person up to 220-pounds on 23-minute flights at speeds up to 62MPH. With no controls or steering in the cockpit but instead a tablet that handles all aspects of takeoff, travel, & landing.
Based on Embraer’s state-of-the-art Flagship Lineage 1000E jet, The Skyacht One is exactly that: A yacht for the sky. It features a luxuriously appointed interior with a galley, main cabin dining area, fine furnishings & flatscreens plus a master suite with a bath & shower.
If your preference leans towards fast & topless, there’s a lot to like about Mercedes’ latest AMG-tuned offering. The 2017 S65 Cabriolet is a 2-door 4-seater powered by a punchy 6-liter V12 that churns out 630 horsepower. The interior: all luxury & leather & its Distronic Plus systems means it’s loaded with active & passive safety features like blind spot assist, steering assist & automated emergency braking.
A fully-certified lightweight plane designed for personal use, the Valkyrie from Cobalt Aircraft travels at speeds up to 300MPH with a capacity for up to 5 adults & their luggage. In addition to a thoroughly modern design, the Valkyrie also offers an optional emergency parachute that will gently lower the aircraft to the ground in the event of a catastrophic failure.
Ferrari’s new F12 TdF is a more powerful update to their already scary-fast F12 Berlinetta. Upgraded from 730 horses to 769. Ferrari also brought back the faster shorter-shifting 7-speed dual clutch tranny, as well as adding 4-wheel steering, larger wheels, and massive 1-piece brakes. Limited edition of 799.
Car nerds are calling it a Tesla killer. Porsche calls it the Mission E Concept, an 800-volt luxury sedan with a 310-mile range that Porsche claims can re-charge to 80% in just 15 minutes. Aside from its sculptural good looks and efficiency, its 0-62MPH in 3.5 will help you remember that deep-down it’s still a Porsche; that is, if they actually make the car.
The Dawn convertible draws inspiration from the luxury land yachts of yore but features an all-new design. Borrowing looks but not body panels from the Wraith & Ghost models, the Dawn is wide, low & got a toned-down front grill & a stronger chin. Under the hood: a 563 horsepower V12.
Aggressively passing Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S as the fastest SUV on the planet comes the new 600 horsepower ultra-luxury Bentley Bentayga. Off-road worthy? Supposedly. But there is definitely a refrigerator in the trunk.
The release of the new Bond film Spectre will also see the unveiling of the new Bond car, the Aston Martin DB10. With that release still a few months off, Aston Martin has created a limited “Bond Edition” with their potent V12 DB9. Only 150 of these Spectre silver coupes will be made.
If you’ve been holding out for the release of the droptop Aventador, your wait is over. Lamborghini’s Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster brings you the snarling V12, 217 MPH carbon-fiber supercar with the addition of the wind in your hair.